Getting Pregnant After Depo Provera Shots

Updated on May 3, 2018
Expert ReviewedDr. Tami Prince, Ob/Gyn
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Marissa had one Depo Provera birth control injection and was able to get pregnant 18 months afterward.

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What Is the Depo Shot?

Are you considering the Depo Provera injections as a form of birth control? Are you already on Depo Provera or have stopped it and wondering what it is doing to your body?

If you were to conduct an online search on the birth control option Depo Provera, what would you find? People asking about side effects? How about the thousands of women searching for answers concerning pregnancy during or after getting the shot?

I am one of those women. I had only one Depo shot, and I was searching for answers I did not have after stopping the shot. I am going to share my research about the Depo shot and how it affects getting pregnant in the future.

The synthetic progesterone in Depo Provera, or DMPA, works by keeping the progesterone levels in the body at a higher level, essentially making the body think it's pregnant and preventing ovulation. The longer Depo Provera is used, the longer it will take your body to restore normal menstrual cycles.

Can I Get Pregnant While I'm Using Depo Provera Birth Control?

Yes, but the chances are low. The failure rate for Depo Provera is estimated at 0.3%, which means that three women out of a thousand get pregnant while using it.

Even though the Depo Provera shot is meant to prevent pregnancy, there still is a chance you could become pregnant while on the shot. Here are some of the possible ways that the Depo shot may fail:

  • The first shot was not given within the first 5 days of a normal period and you have had intercourse before the shot (meaning you were already pregnant at the time the shot was administered).
  • You had unprotected intercourse within the first month of the shot before it was absolutely effective in your body.
  • You did not get the next shot within 12 weeks.

For reasons unknown, a few women each year get pregnant while on the shot, even after being on the shot for longer than the first three months and getting it at the recommended times.

Just remember: the only 100% birth control method is no intercourse at all. All other forms are 99% or lower. If you want to prevent pregnancy while on the shot, use a backup method like a condom or spermicide.

If you do become pregnant on the shot, stop taking the shot immediately and contact your healthcare provider. There is little or no increased risk of birth defects, yet in some countries, it is reported that babies conceived while their mothers were on the shot may have a lower birth rate.

How Long After My First Depo Shot Am I Protected?

Depo Provera typically provides immediate protection in the current cycle as long as it is given within five days of the start of menses, says Dr. Tami Prince. Women who receive their first Depo shot more than five days after a period, after delivering a baby, or after having an abortion should use a backup form of contraception, such as a condom, for seven days.

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Can I Get Pregnant After Receiving One Depo Provera Injection?

Yes, says Dr. Tami Prince, an ObGyn with the Women’s Health and Wellness Center of Georgia. "Pregnancy can occur after only one Depo Provera injection if the timing of the injection is off."

While the injection can be administered anytime during the cycle, she says, pregnancy must be ruled out first. This usually involves taking a pregnancy test at the first visit and another one in two weeks. If both pregnancy tests are negative, the Depo Provera injection may be administered.

"If the injection is given without both negative pregnancy tests, and more than five days after menses, there is a possibility that pregnancy can occur, as ovulation would not have been accurately calculated," says Dr. Prince.

For women who have just delivered a baby, their normal menstrual cycle may not have returned. A health care provider might give a pregnancy test to ensure that the woman isn't pregnant again before administering the shot.

I Want to Get Pregnant. How Long Will it Take After I Stop Taking Depo Shots?

If you are trying to get pregnant and have had one injection you aren't likely to get pregnant right away (although some women do). Remember that the injection lasts 12 weeks. After that, your body still has to adjust to get back to normal. For some women, it can take months to conceive. For me personally, it took 18 months after only one Depo shot to get pregnant.

What About Conceiving After Receiving Several Depo Shots?

Delayed fertility is a common issue in women who have used Depo Provera as a long-term contraception.

"Depo persists in the body for several months after the last injection," says Dr. Prince. "As such, 70% of women are able to conceive within 12 months. Fertility can be delayed up to two or more years in some cases."

As mentioned above, regular periods may not return for several weeks to several months. On average, most women will not ovulate for approximately 6-9 months, and some sources say that time frame may even be 6-18 months.

Studies on the subject don't show any evidence that using Depo Provera delays a woman's ability to conceive. In a study published in the Journal of Biosocial Science of nearly 800 women who had recently stopped using Depo Provera, the median wait to conceive was 5.5 months. Adding the time that the last injection was effective (3 months) extends the median delay to 8.5 months.

Can I Get Pregnant Even if My Period Hasn't Resumed Yet?

Yes, about 70% or women will conceive within 12 months after the last injection even if normal menses has not returned. As long as normal ovulation has returned, pregnancy may occur. Ovulation occurs first, then your period, so theoretically you can conceive without your first period after discontinuing Depo shots. Once your menstrual cycles resume, you should have no increased difficulty conceiving particularly if your periods were regular prior to using Depo Provera.

If a Depo injection is given without two negative pregnancy tests and more than five days after your period, there is a chance you could get pregnant.

How You Can Get Pregnant After Stopping Depo Provera Shots

If you would like to get pregnant after taking the Depo shot, here are some things you can do:

  • Begin to track your ovulation with an ovulation kit, especially if your periods are not occurring once a month.
  • Track your periods and make a note when they become regular.
  • Have intercourse every other day from the time you stop your period until your next period, especially around ovulation.
  • Take prenatal vitamins to give your body what it needs to support a pregnancy.
  • If you don't get pregnant after a year of actively trying and you are under 35, visit your Ob/Gyn. If you are over 35, visit your Ob/Gyn after six months of actively trying to conceive.

Above all, be patient. It may take a while to become pregnant after stopping the shots.

Your chance of getting pregnant while using Depo Provera is 0.3%, which means that three women out of a thousand get pregnant while using it.

The Depo Detox Diet to Get Pregnant

Some women, after stopping the Depo shot, turn to a detox diet to help their bodies get rid of the synthetic progesterone lingering in their bodies. The detox diet helps to flush the synthetic progesterone from the liver and may help with becoming pregnant. The herbs on this list, particularly dandelion root and milk thistle, encourage detoxification, according to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Note: If you are considering one of these detox diets, first consult your doctor. Some of the herbs may not be suitable for you or may be dangerous for an underlying condition you may have. You also should wait a few weeks to allow your body to rid itself of the hormone and to heal.

A detox diet may include the following:

  • a lot of water
  • fresh fruits and vegetables (and their juices)
  • herbal teas
  • dandelion root
  • milk thistle
  • turmeric

Again, be sure to consult your doctor before going on any kind of detox diet.

Menstrual Periods on the Depo Shot

After the first Depo shot, many women will experience irregular or unpredictable bleeding as the body gets used to the synthetic hormone. For many women on the Depo shot, periods will be light and often disappear after the first few months on the shot (that is called amenorrhea, or the absence of a period). Other women may experience heavy bleeding, which may last only for the length of a period or may last for weeks on end.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of the Depo Shot

Advantages
Disadvantages
more than 99% effective
not effective against STDs
protection lasts for three months
loss of bone minerals, which can cause osteoperosis
less expensive than other birth control
quarterly doctors visits
no need to remember it, other than doctor visits
weight gain
chance of not having periods while on shot
effects last for a while even after last shot
may prevent uterine fibroids
many unpleasant side effects
If you are considering Depo Provera as a form of birth control, be aware of the advantages and disadvantages!

Side Effects of the Depo Shot

Depo Provera has many unpleasant side effects, a few of which are also found in other forms of birth control:

  • irregular bleeding, heavy bleeding, or no bleeding at all
  • weight gain
  • headaches
  • abdominal discomfort
  • hair growth or loss
  • nervousness
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • breast tenderness
  • acne
  • fluid retention or bloating
  • increased risk of bone fracture (decreased bone density)

Weight gain is one of the side effects that bothers women the most. In fact, for every year a woman is on Depo Provera, she gains additional weight, nearly doubling the weight gain from the initial year.

A combination of some of these side effects—namely fatigue, lack of bleeding (amenorrhea), breast tenderness, and bloating—can make some women feel like they are pregnant.

Serious side effects include anaphylactic reactions (severe allergic reactions) and ectopic pregnancy.

How Long Should I Use Depo Provera?

This form of birth control is for those who wish not to get pregnant at all or who wish not to get pregnant for a long while after giving birth. The recommended use for this shot is no more than two years, unless no other form of birth control works or is acceptable, due to the fact that it may cause bones to weaken from calcium loss.

Stopping the Depo Shot

After experiencing the side effects of Depo Provera or wanting to become pregnant, many women choose to stop getting the shots. To do so, contact your health care provider and ask to cancel your next shot. You may be asked about another form of birth control or if you need any more information.

When you stop taking the shot, it may take several weeks to several months to have a regular period again. You may once again experience irregular bleeding and abnormal periods until the hormone is out of your system. Most women may not experience ovulation for approximately 6-9 months after stopping the shot, while others may get pregnant soon after stopping the shot. If you want to stop the shot yet still don't want to become pregnant, use some other form of birth control.

As you can see, the Depo Provera shots are a long-term birth control option that may not be for everyone. Make sure to make an informed decision if you are choosing this shot as your birth control.

Expert Review

Dr. Tami Prince

Ob/Gyn
Women’s Health and Wellness Center of Georgia
Greensboro, Georgia

Questions & Answers

  • On December 9th, 2017, I had a second ectopic pregnancy that resulted in surgery, much like the first one. Then on December 11th, I was given a depo shot. Now I feel pregnant. Water is coming out from my breast, and my stomach is growing since I eat a lot. I have taken three HPT, and they are all negative. Today I went for a sonar, and it was also negative. They only said that my BP is too high. Could I be pregnant? I can't even wear and button jeans because I feel pain. What could it be?

    Unfortunately, it could be that you are suffering from the effects of the shot. The shot can cause pregnancy symptoms and can cause you to gain weight. I suggest speaking with your doctor about it.

  • I got the Depo shot on the 9th, and then I had unprotected sex the 11th, but I still haven’t gotten my period. Could I be pregnant?

    Anytime you have unprotected sex you can become pregnant. The Depo shot usually does not fully enter your system for at least a few weeks, so it is possible to get pregnant even after the first shot. I suggest taking a pregnancy test if you think you might be pregnant.

  • I had a Depo Provera shot two weeks ago. Am I protected from pregnancy?

    Usually doctors suggest waiting several weeks.

  • I've been on the Depo shot for about one year and a month. I recently went to the doctor on April 26th, 2018 and got my shot. I had unprotected sex three days later with my boyfriend. Am I protected?

    If you have consistently been on the shot, you should be protected. Although, keep in mind anytime you have unprotected sex there's a chance of pregnancy.

  • I'm taking the injection 3 years now. Should I stop taking it or how bad can it affect me? When I get up from sitting my left knee feels like it can't stretch out or weakish. Do you think the injection has a part to play in this?

    If it is working for you as birth control and you do not want to get pregnant, then it might still be a good choice for you. Whether or not it is affecting your knee, I cannot say. I believe that it might affect women who are prone to osteoporosis. I highly suggest speaking to your doctor about it.

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      Marissa 

      2 weeks ago from United States

      Juanita, chances are you are experiencing the side effects of the shot.

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      Marissa 

      2 weeks ago from United States

      Unknown, you might still be protected from the shot, but you won't know for sure for a few weeks.

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      Juanita 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi, In June i found that i had an ovarian cyst, my gynea did laparoscopic surgery and removed it as well as did a DNC. I had my period for a week. In July, i was not on my period however my GP administered my depo shot. I have now had my period for the last week.

      Is this something i need to be concerned about?

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      Unknown 

      3 weeks ago

      So I been on depo for years and my last shot was due August 1 that was the last day and I have been having protected sex until tonight the condom broke what would I do

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      Marissa 

      3 weeks ago from United States

      NDring, it is suggested that you do not have unprotected sex for the first several weeks after getting your first shot.

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      Marissa 

      3 weeks ago from United States

      Devine, if you are not interested in pregnancy right now, I suggest using a backup method.

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      NDring 

      4 weeks ago

      I Got My First Depo Shot This Month August 2018 In The Beginning Of The Month And I Had Sex The Same Month But At The Ending Is There Chances That’s I Won’t Get Pregnant.?

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      Devine 

      4 weeks ago

      I use depo for 0ne time only i started it may 15,2018 and i suppose to take my 2nd injection august 8 but i not return until now but i dont have sex with my husband untill now is it safe? Thank you

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      09275111394 

      5 weeks ago

      I got shot may 17 2018 and i should be back at august 10 2018 for second shot. Unfortunately i get back the shot at august 16 2018 is it possible to get pregnant ? August 9 is my last sex.. Till i had my second shot. Am i pregnant already?

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      Jazmin 

      5 weeks ago

      I had my the shot for a year and I stopped a year didn’t have my period for 6 months and it’s more regular but I haven’t had luck to get pregnant ? What should I do

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      DRainy 

      6 weeks ago

      So, I got on the Depo shot 5 days ago on August 3rd and I had unprotected sex on August 8th, should I take a plan b? Or is the shot already in action?

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      Cayden09 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi I was 2 weeks 2 days late having my depo ,due to the recpentionist getting the days completely wrong . The doctor booked me straight in that day and gave me the injection.No pregnancy tests,I’ve been on the depo for 6 years .do you think there’s a chance I could be pregnant?

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      Ana almanza 

      7 weeks ago

      I got my first shot on 2/24/17 after having my first baby i went back to get it on may but dirent went back on august because i want to get pregnant on 9/17/17 i star spotting pinkishh for like a week was not alot it was just spotting light pink on october i started having more bleeding

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      Marissa 

      8 weeks ago from United States

      Ariel, you should be protected by the shot. that being said, if you are not interested in pregnancy right now, you should use a backup method.

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      Marissa 

      8 weeks ago from United States

      Darling, by that time, you should have been protected by the shot. That being said, if you are not interested in pregnancy right now you should use a backup method.

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      Lolo 

      8 weeks ago

      I've only had one depo shot and a few days after the 12 weeks past a had a regular period and around 13 days after my period I had sex could I possibly get pregnant

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      Ariel 

      8 weeks ago

      Ive been on the depo since march of last year. I just got my shot again on monday of this week. I had unprotected intercourse and the dude came in me. Will i or a possibility i can get pregnant ?

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      darling 

      2 months ago

      I have my first shot last april 19 2018..then i have unprotected sex on july 14 2018...is there a change im getting pregnant?

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      Erica 

      2 months ago

      I had my first depo on the 9th of JUNE , this July 5th starts my irregular bleeding which is Spotting , i had sex using condoms during my 8th day of my spotting cycle and also had unprotected sex during my 13th day of spotting could I be pregnant during this period of time ?

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      Marissa 

      2 months ago from United States

      Delphine, I suggest speaking with a doctor.

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      Marissa 

      2 months ago from United States

      Maria, it's possible, but it might take a while.

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      Marissa 

      2 months ago from United States

      Desmah, it's possible, but could also take a while.

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      Marissa 

      2 months ago from United States

      Crissy, it's possible, but it's also possible that you are still suffering from the effects of the shot.

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      Delphine 

      2 months ago

      Hy i took depo provera shot on Nov 2016 and never gone for the next injection since then I've been having irregular periods and it's the 17 month now am not getting pregnant what might be the problem

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      Maria 

      2 months ago

      I only took the shot on January all the way to April haven't been on birth control and haven't had a period can I be pregnant or get pregnant?

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      Desmah 

      2 months ago

      I have been using depo from 2014 until this year on the 3 January and while am using depo I should not seeing my period but after stopping depo I should have return to clinic on March but I didn't get back on 31 June I started to seeing my period so it's possible that I can get a pregnant

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      Monica jesse 

      2 months ago

      Add Your Comment what can ldo to get pregnant l use adepo for nine years and is two years without pregnant what can ldo. plz help

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      Crissy 

      2 months ago

      I only had one deposit shot and missed my second one. I started bleeding right away but didn't bleed when I had my first deposit shot is it possible I could get pregnant?

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      Marissa 

      2 months ago from United States

      Patty, you should speak to your doctor.

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      Marissa 

      2 months ago from United States

      Bailey, it's possible that the shot is still messing with your cycles.

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      Patty 

      2 months ago

      I been off deposit for 2 years n I been trying to get pregnant but still nothin n it's only been to years

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      Baileymalae 

      2 months ago

      My last Depo shot was in February I was due to get one May 6th I skip the shot because my boyfriend and I wanted to try for a baby I got a period May 10th then again when May 22nd I spotted on June 10th and 11th But I haven't seen another period Can I be pregnant

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      Baileymalae 

      2 months ago

      My last shot of depo was in February. I was due again in May 6 I decided not to take it. May 10 my first period it lasted 6 days. Then again on May 22 that one lasted 6 days Then I spotted June 10,11 and haven't had a period since. Could I be pregnant? I took 2 test 1 2 weeks ago and the 1st was right before I started spotting. They both was negative

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      Ruby 

      2 months ago

      Hi I got my first depo shot on June 6, which was not during my period(May 25). The doctor told me to wait a week to have sex, so me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on June 13, but he did not ejaculate inside me. It is June 25 and I have not started my period. On August 22 I will be switching from the depo shot the nexplanon implant. But is there still a chance I may be pregnant ? I am very worried.

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      Ruby 

      2 months ago

      Hi I took my first depo shot on June 6, but my last period was on May 25. My doctor told me the shot will be more effective within a week so I should wait until then to have sex. I had unprotected sex on June 13, but my partner did not ejaculate inside me. It is June 25 and I have not started my period yet. Is there a chance I could be pregnant?

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      Sherri 

      3 months ago

      I did my first shot and had light spotting half way through. So I didn’t receive another one. My cycle came a week ahead of schedule and has been on for two weeks now. When my left ovary goes to ache my bleeding flows heavy. Is this normal?

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      Anna 

      3 months ago

      I was on the shot from September the 8, 2017 and my last shot was due on June 6, 2018. I didn't take it because I wanted to get pregnant but I'm not sure because I didn't even see my period as yet....I did it Friday is it possible that I may be pregnant?

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      Marissa 

      3 months ago from United States

      Mirriam, it's possible that the shot is still in your system. It can take women quite awhile to become pregnant after stopping the shot.

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      Marissa 

      3 months ago from United States

      Denise, it's possible, but it also could be from the shot.

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      Mirriam 

      3 months ago

      I used depo for 1 year 6 months and my last injection expired in January 2018.I really want to get pregnant but am not getting what could the problem? Could be that the depo is working? If when am likely to pregnant or what should i do?

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      Denise Manuel 

      3 months ago

      hey .. So I just started back on depo on may 8th and My cycle was due on the 15th of may but by me getting the shot it didn't show up. I had unprotected sex on the 19th 11 days after my first injection . I started bleeding on the 2nd of June my question is there a possibility that I may be pregnant?

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      Dayzhana 

      3 months ago

      I only had one Depo shot which was in December 2018 and didn’t like it so I didn’t get another one which was due in March 2018. I got my regular cycle back about two months ago. Can I get pregnant now ?

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      Shavonya 

      4 months ago

      Hello I was on depo for 7 1/2 years and my last shot was May 2017. In March I started getting my regular period that lasts between 4 to 5 days. I’m trying to get pregnant again. I was wondering is it possible if, I can get pregnant now? And do you think I’m ovulating?

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Maria, the amount of time it takes to get pregnant differs for every woman. There's no way to know.

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Mwende, any time you have sex, pregnancy is possible.

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      Maria 

      4 months ago

      I was on pathogen injection and it 4 times in one years and i stopped it I'm now 1 years and 5 months after stopping it I'm sorry worried and am trying to get pregnant how long must i wait?

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      Mwende 

      4 months ago

      Hey I was injected depo on January 12 end since then I did not go for another shot and I have only received my periods once that is January since then I have never received it anymore ...then April I did unprotected sex is there any chance for meh being pregnant

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Denice, it's possible you're still experiencing the effects from the shot. Any tips for conceiving can be found in the article.

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      Denice 

      4 months ago

      My last shot was Oct 30th 2017. I have been taking vitex and my period returned febuary and march lasted for 6 days at the end of the month both times. I haven't had one since March. I missed last month's and my s.o and I have been trying to conceive and have been having intercourse almost every other day. All test come out negative. It is now 20 days late for the periods I thought were regular. Could I be pregnant and giving a false negative? Any tips on how to conceive or anything?

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Ysza, it's possible, but being that you were on the shot, you might still be covered by it.

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      kimmy, there's no way to know. It's different for every woman.

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Blessing, I'm not sure what you mean by family planning. Was that the shot? If so, then the period may have been delayed from that.

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Lungelo, being that you had a shot, it's most likely just the effects from the shot. If you are worried about pregnancy, it wouldn't hurt to take a test.

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      Ysza 

      4 months ago

      Hello . I had my last depo March 23 and my menstruation came back last month April 20. I had sex 1week. Can i be pregnant?

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      Elizabeth 

      4 months ago

      hi im a first timer on the depo shot . ive read that it takes 6-18 months to start getting your normal menstrual back . i was due for my next shot on the 3 of this month . i was bleeding and spotting 2 weeks before that and on The same day i was due for mu next shot i ovulated right away , but only for that one day . is this normal when on the shot? or ? does anyone know why this is happening ? i havent had a period just yet. my breasts have been aching for almost 2 whole weeks and ive just been gassy .

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      kimmy 

      4 months ago

      My last shot was in February I want to get pregnant if I do come off will I get pregnant asap. My next visit suppose to be this month on the 30th

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      Blessing 

      4 months ago

      Hi...iv gone to the clinic for family planning on november so they said i must come back on march i didnt go again and while i was getting ma period for that months

      In march i ddnt see my periods even now...so i might be pregnant??

      And iv used depo

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      Lungelo 

      4 months ago

      I had depo shot march and in april didnt see my periods

      Had unsafe intercourse 25 april can i fall pregnant even though i didnt get my periods or does this mean i didnt ovulate

      My period was due 14 april...

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Christy, it is different for every woman. It could happen immediately, or could happen after a few months.

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Chidera, there's no way to guess.

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Joanna, it's possible that you're protected by the shot.

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      Christy 

      4 months ago

      Last depo shot was jan and supposed go back march but i didnt bec my bf want have a baby how soon can i get preg first depo shot july. So i didnt get depo shot on 3rd one only 2nd time i got shot is there a chance to get preg

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      Chidera ifeanyi 

      4 months ago

      i took one shot no period now the injection has expired still no period wen will i see my period

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      Joanna gonzalez 

      4 months ago

      Ok I got my first depo shot on January 17 of 2018 and I went in April 18 of 2018 and I think that was my last day of my 2 week time frame and I had sex a day or 2 after and I was wondering if I was protected by the shot still and I recently had sex again on April 27 and I wanted to know if I was protected for those 2 days

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Tesha, it could still be the shot or if you were sexually active it could be pregnancy.

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      Tesha 

      4 months ago

      I had a baby oct n on my 6week check up I got the Depo shot bt I never went back cuz the side effects I had my first regular period feb28 To April 4 bt here it is now nothing is that normal???

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      Marissa 

      4 months ago from United States

      Hannah, that's a question for your doctor.

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      Hannah Anne 

      5 months ago

      Hello I got depo when I was already pregnant and after six weeks I had a miscarriage..so my question is should get injected again or the depo is still effective.

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Ashy, if you reread my article, I say the same thing.

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Nancy, if you are overdue by 36 days, you should be able to take a pregnancy test to determine if you are pregnant.

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Martha, I don't quite understand your question, but anytime you have sex you can become pregnant. If you are concerned about becoming pregnant on the shot, I suggest using another form of protection.

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      Ashy 

      5 months ago

      I get depo shot 1 time only. Its been like 2 months i stop after 1 shot of depo. I was curious if i can still get pregnant anytime.. Because they said it takes longer to get pregnant if u got depo shot can u help me please

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Wowwomen, while the shot may still be in your system, it's still possible to get pregnant. Use another form of protection.

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Azia, the test is probably right. The shot can stop your period.

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      Nancy 

      5 months ago

      18 years in Depo never late in shot shot right now is overdue by 36 days now I have had sex twice what are the chances of me getting pregnant ? Getting shot next week any help

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      Martha nicky 

      5 months ago

      Im taking one shot and its due two months ago and from this due dates i had unprotected sex 8 days ago..

      Can i get pregnant

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      wowwomen 

      5 months ago

      I’ve been on depo for about 3 yrs! and i just got off the beginning of march because i gained about 40 pds! but i’m nervous because me and my boyfriend has had unprotected sex since i’ve gotten off but i never got my period! and i’ve taken test all negative..

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      Azia 

      5 months ago

      Hi my menstruation just stop after two months and the following month i didnt recieve my menstruation ..but ive already took a pregnancy test and it say negative . Should i believe the test?

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Sherry, honestly, I couldn't tell you. It might be too soon to test for pregnancy though. It could just be the shot.

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Iya, it wouldn't hurt to take a test.

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Gixie, I would follow the advice of your doctor. Of course anytime you have sex there's a chance of pregnancy, but being that you've had three shots, your chances are lessened. If for some reason you do become pregnant, the baby should be okay, from what I read in my research.

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      Sherry 

      5 months ago

      (See previous post for more information)It’s been 9 days since sex, yesterday I had pink to brown spotting. Today no spotting, like cramps. I took a test it was negative, do you think it’s too soon or the depo just have my hormones messed up?

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      Iya 

      5 months ago

      I have dmpa for more than 3 yrs now...last january was my last shot and the next one will be on May..i just felt unusual because even before I only had spotting..and the symptoms of pregnancy only occurs in the first 3 to 4 months that I had it..but now, I didnt have any spotting and feels symptoms again like Im pregnant.. will about to take the test tomrow coz Im worried since it feels awkward and not having any spots for more than 2 months now..

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      Gixie 

      5 months ago

      How do you count exactly the every 3 months shot? My OB says as long as u hava a shot on the first 7 days ofn the 3rd month after ypur first shot. My first was October 6, 2nd was on January 3rd and 3rs shot was given April 6th( had unprotected sex) will i get pregnant? If i am possible pregnant does the depo affect the baby? Thanks a lot!

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Chopp, it's recommended to wait a few weeks before having unprotected sex. There is a chance of pregnancy until the shot is fully in your system. If you aren't interested in pregnancy right now, you should use another form of protection.

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      Chopp 

      5 months ago

      ive been on the depo for about three weeks now, ive had unprotected sex before the depo and after and last night the guy came in me, is there a chance i could get pregnant? should i get the after pill?

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Sherry, anytime you have sex, you can become pregnant. Unfortunately, even after one shot you can experience pregnancy symptoms, even though you might not be pregnant. If you continue to have these symptoms and your period never comes back, I suggest taking a test.

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      Sherry 

      5 months ago

      I got my depo shot Feb 28, the first week was horrible I had all the symptoms of pregnant women and some. I had heavy to light bleeding up until March 29th. I had unprotected sex on March 31, my cervical mucus is watery and I’m vagina area is cramping like I am about to become on my period. Is there any chance I could’ve gotten pregnant? This my first and last shot I hate it

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      Sharna kay 

      5 months ago

      I was on the depo shot for one year and I stop take it from last and I start to see back my period from October and I missed it in November and March an am trying to get pregnant now

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Ana, please see my answer to your question above.

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      Ana 

      5 months ago

      I have been on the depo shot for approximately 6 years. I missed my last shot last month February the 19th. I had unprotected sex couple days ago, but I already have an appointment to get my deposit shot again. Would I get

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      Marissa 

      5 months ago from United States

      Theresa, unfortunately, sometimes it takes a long while to become pregnant after taking the shot. Aside from talking to your doctor, there's not much else I can suggest you other than what is in the article.

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      Theresa 

      5 months ago

      I took depo shot on last year June and due on August. I got my period on October but was flowing my normal menses. But it came normal on this year January 2018 and since then it has become normal. My husband and I have tried all we can to get conceive since I have my normal period but nothing is happening, want to know what can cause for pregnant not to occur. I need help am under pressure and I don't know what to do.

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      Marissa 

      6 months ago from United States

      Worried, I was in a very similar situation. It took me nearly 18 months to conceive after having one shot. I suggest speaking with your doctor.

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      Marissa 

      6 months ago from United States

      Lebogang, yes, you can get pregnant before the shot has a chance to get into your system.

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      Worried Mama 

      6 months ago

      I took the depo shot in Oct 2016 and got my first period in Dec 2016 with regular monthly periods till date...trying to conceive but hasn’t happened yet though that was my first and only shot...am feeling desperate now

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      Lebogang 

      6 months ago

      I had unprotected sex in the morning and later that day i went for a depo short am i in a high risk of getting pregnant.

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      Marissa 

      6 months ago from United States

      Delphine, it could take a while before your cycle returns.

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      Delphine 

      6 months ago

      Hi i took the injection on Nov 2016 and it was my first time since then I've never gone for the second one so since then am not pregnant what might be the problem

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